“Tech and Music: The Perfect Storm”

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Jennifer Houlihan

Jennifer Houlihan, Emcee
Executive Director
Austin Music People
Chad Swiatecki
Austin Business Journal
Colin Kendrick
Mellie Price

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Stateside Theater, 719 Congress Ave.
Downtown Austin
5:15 p.m. – Doors and Bar Open
6:00 p.m. – Presentation, Q&A
7:00 p.m. – Reception
Free and open to the public

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In August, we are pleased to be hosting Austin music industry and technology experts who will explore the growing intersection between their fields and how music is keeping up with tech – and vice versa.

Today’s music industry has as much to do with technology as it does licks and riffs: entire albums are recorded on iPads, outrageous light shows are run with just the touch of a button, and wearable tech means you can leave your wallet at home when you go to a festival. MTV doesn’t show many music videos anymore – the next great new band may well be discovered on YouTube or Google+. Is Austin’s tech explosion the secret weapon that will help our city keep the title as Live Music Capital of the World as it grows? And what does that title mean in 2015?
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Jennifer Houlihan joined Austin Music People (AMP) in 2012 and serves as executive director of the advocacy group for the brands, bands and fans that make Austin the Live Music Capital of the World. AMP’s mission is to ensure that the economic development of the Austin music industry remains a priority for the city’s civic, political, and cultural leaders.

Jennifer has more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience with organizations including the University of Southern California, UCLA, and the Long Center for the PerformingArts. Consulting clients have included the University of Texas – McCombs School of Business, West Texas A&M University, Southern Methodist University, MD Anderson Cancer Center(Houston), Missouri Institute of Science and Technology, Tufts University, Wake ForestUniversity Baptist Medical Center, the University of Michigan, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

She holds degrees from Northwestern University and Pepperdine University and certificates from a variety of programs including UT Austin’s Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life and the joint Austin Music Foundation/City of Austin “Leaders in Austin Music” course. She is a member of the Leadership Austin Essentials Program, Class of 2015. She is a board member of the Austin Creative Alliance and ATX Safer Streets. She also serves on advisory boards for the Austin Technology Council and DiverseArts CultureWorks. She is a member of the City of Austin Living Wage Stakeholder Group, as well as an active member of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, AURA, and EvolveAustin; a proud supporter of Girls Rock Camp Austin and other local music nonprofits; and a volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar for Travis County.
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chad*145Chad Swiatecki is an Austin journalist who started writing about music and business before anyone knew in the room knew what an MP3 was. He works full time as an entertainment business reporter for the Austin Business Journal, where he spends most of his time covering the Austin’s tremendous growth rate and the economic pressures affecting Austin musicians and the clubs where try to eek out a living. A Michigan State University graduate, he spent four years as a freelancer for Rolling Stone and has written for Spin, Billboard magazine, the New York Daily and Grantland among others.

colin kendrickColin Kendrick wrote a business plan for what became the Austin Music Foundation (AMF) in 1997.  He served as the founding Executive Director of that organization between 2001 and 2003 and has served as a member of its board of directors ever since.  Under his guidance AMF has raised and invested more than $1,500,000 into business education for Austin’s working musicians.  Colin currently works for SunPower, the third largest global manufacturer of solar panels.  His previous work experience includes a decade as a strategist for Dell, several years in business development for Apple and as an executive officer of a start-up in the Austin Technology Incubator.  Prior to that, Colin was a consultant for high net-worth individuals at Pricewaterhouse.  His work there included portfolio management and tax compliance for individuals and family foundations.

Colin holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a dual concentration in finance and accounting and a Bachelor of Science degree in radio, television, and film with a concentration in audio engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.  During his undergraduate studies, Colin worked two seasons at KLRU public television as an audio intern for the award winning, nationally televised music program Austin City Limits.  His experiences there and his graduate studies on sustainable funding for non-profits served as the catalyst for the concepts underlying the Austin Music Foundation and Black Fret.

Mellie_Price_HeadshotMellie Price, a 25+ year Austinite, came to Austin to attend the University of Texas and never left. An experienced investor, business manager, fund manager and entrepreneur, Mellie loves building and growing companies that create great investment returns. She was the founder and CEO of Austin’s own Front Gate Tickets – one of the largest privately held ticketing companies in the US/Canada from 2002 to 2012 when it was sold to AEG & C3 (now Live Nation). She is currently the founder and CEO of SoftMatch – which specializes in connecting growth hungry technology companies with the best startups in the world for the purpose of merger & acquisition and strategic investment. Mellie also serves as a Managing Director of Capital Factory and is a General Partner to its investment fund.

In addition to her passion for bean counting and keeping the proverbial House in Order, Mellie loves 4 legged critters, cooking, good wine, growing succulents, and spending time with her family. You can connect with her on Twitter and LinkedIn.